Discovery and sensory exploration
This course is designed to help young people make sense of, and interact with, the world around them. The trans-disciplinary team approach is very evident with additional therapy such as occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. There is a strong emphasis on encouraging and responding to communicative intentions. For example, a young person might be at the early stages of communication development, showing emerging awareness of others. Over time, we support young people to communicate intentionally in a number of ways.
Preparing for employment
This course is designed to explore a range of vocational employment opportunities through internal and external work experience and social enterprises, such as our Chocolate Making Enterprise or our Hero’s Café. Learners have the chance to develop employability skills through practical tasks and real work placements. They learn the skills needed for adult life and employment by developing positive relationships, staying safe and being as independent as possible.
Developing independence skills
This course is designed to support young people to have as independent a life as possible after college. It promotes a range of self-help skills that will improve the quality of life for learners by offering practical support to help them develop independence skills such as travel training, budgeting, developing friendships and accessing local community venues.
These courses are delivered mainly through our co-located partner colleges – The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, and West Thames College, West London.
Mainstream vocational heads of department, with support from Ambitious College staff, assess our learners for entry onto these courses.
Our learners can follow a mainstream vocational programme that matches their interests and/or career ambitions. They will also receive support from specialist staff. The most popular vocational study programmes are music, art and drama, and information and communications technology.
We also offer Supported Internships for young people who want to work in competitive employment.
Ambitious College is recognised by the OCN London Centre and all learners have access to appropriate and relevant accreditation for their achievements. However, the study programme offered will be determined by learner needs, interests and aspirations, as opposed to the requirements of any awarding body. Qualifications will only be used where they add value, for example by providing evidence of achievement to support progression to further learning and/or employment.